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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 17 24 25 20 86 SAN ANTONIO 25 26 18 14 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 20, GLEN RICE 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 17 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 28, DEREK ANDERSON 15, DAVID ROBINSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - GLEN RICE 12, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,370


Extended Box

NEW YORK (86) AT SAN ANTONIO (83)

NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

L JOHNSON F 31 3-9 0-0 1 4 5 1 5 0 2 8 RICE F 40 8-13 2-2 3 9 12 2 2 1 5 19 CAMBY C 33 7-11 2-3 3 1 4 0 3 3 0 16 HOUSTON G 39 6-17 4-5 0 3 3 3 3 0 2 17 SPREWELL G 42 9-19 2-2 0 6 6 5 1 0 0 20 CHILDS 23 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 3 5 0 3 2 THOMAS 14 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 5 3 1 2 LONGLEY 17 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 2 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 12-14 9 28 37 15 27 7 14 86 (.455) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

DUNCAN F 46 10-19 8-14 0 10 10 2 2 0 3 28 S ELLIOTT F 36 3-4 2-2 1 5 6 0 3 1 2 9 ROBINSON C 30 3-15 5-5 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 11 ANDERSON G 37 4-11 5-6 1 4 5 2 0 5 2 15 JOHNSON G 29 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 4 NEWBLE 9 2-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 ROSE 20 2-4 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 6 DANIELS 19 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 PORTER 11 1-3 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 FERRY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-66 25-34 8 30 38 11 13 9 12 83 (.409) (.735) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 17 24 25 20 - 86 SAN ANTONIO 25 26 18 14 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, LONGLEY 2, THOMAS, L JOHNSON. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, DUNCAN 2, ROSE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), L JOHNSON 2-4, RICE 1-1, HOUSTON 1-5, SPREWELL 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 4-10 (.400), S ELLIOTT 1-1, ANDERSON 2-6, NEWBLE 1-1, DANIELS 0-1, PORTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, MIKE SMITH, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 18,370. T - 2:24.


Box Score

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 31 3-9 0-0 1-5 1 5 8 Rice 40 8-13 2-2 3-12 2 2 19 Camby 33 7-11 2-3 3-4 0 3 16 Houston 39 6-17 4-5 0-3 3 3 17 Sprewell 42 9-19 2-2 0-6 5 1 20 Childs 23 0-1 2-2 0-0 3 5 2 Thomas 14 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 5 2 Longley 17 1-3 0-0 1-5 0 3 2 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 12-14 9-37 15 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (L Johnson 2-4, Rice 1-1, Houston 1-5, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Camby 4, Longley 2, Thomas, L Johnson). Turnovers: 14 (Rice 5, Childs 3, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Longley, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Camby 3, Thomas 3, Rice).

SAN ANTONIO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 46 10-19 8-14 0-10 2 2 28 S Elliott 36 3-4 2-2 1-6 0 3 9 Robinson 30 3-15 5-5 3-6 1 4 11 Anderson 37 4-11 5-6 1-5 2 0 15 Johnson 29 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 4 Newble 9 2-4 1-2 1-2 0 0 6 Rose 20 2-4 2-2 2-5 0 1 6 Daniels 19 0-2 2-2 0-1 2 1 2 Porter 11 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 Ferry 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-66 25-34 8-38 11 13 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (S Elliott 1-1, Anderson 2-6, Newble 1-1, Daniels 0-1, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 3, Duncan 2, Rose 2). Turnovers: 13 (Duncan 3, Anderson 2, Daniels 2, S Elliott 2, Johnson, Robinson, Rose). Steals: 9 (Anderson 5, Daniels, Johnson, Rose, S Elliott). ____________________________________________ New York 17 24 25 20 - 86 San Antonio 25 26 18 14 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:54 3rd). San Antonio 3 (Robinson, 0:13 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 8:14 3rd, 11:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 4:46 2nd). A: 18,370. T: 2:24. Officials: Jim Clark, Mike Smith, Dan Crawford.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The "Big Three" of the New York Knicks overcame the "Twin Towers" and handed the San Antonio Spurs their first home loss of the season.

Latrell Sprewell scored 20 points and Glen Rice rebounded from his worst game of the season with 19 points and 12 boards to lead the Knicks to an 86-83 victory over the Spurs.

Allan Houston, New York's other shooting guard, added 17 points, as the Knicks won for just the third time in their last 12 trips to San Antonio.

Houston made just 6-of-17 shots but hit an important 22-footer from the top of the key to give New York an 86-83 lead with 15 seconds to play.

Derek Anderson shot an airball on a long 3-pointer with 11 seconds left but tied up Houston and got a jump ball that gave the Spurs another chance to tie. With 8.6 seconds to go, Anderson got a better look this time but hit the front of the rim. Larry Johnson battled San Antonio big men Tim Duncan and David Robinson as each tipped the ball before Johnson controlled it as time expired.

"The Knicks are a good defensive team. They always have been and always will be," Duncan said. "It comes down to finding a way to get it done. They did and we didn't."

Duncan had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 8-1 in the Alamodome and left the Philadelphia 76ers as the only team with an unblemished home record.

Anderson scored 15 points and Robinson added 11 but shot just 3-of-15. The Spurs shot just 29 percent (5-of-17) in the fourth when they were outscored 20-14.

"There's not much you can say after a loss like that," Robinson said. "I had some good looks and I missed some easy shots. It's frustrating. I've never shot this bad in my career. I need to get going."

San Antonio missed eight of its last 10 shots. On Tuesday in Sacramento, it went the final eight minutes without a basket.

Rice, who missed all six shots and was scoreless in 25 minutes of Wednesday's 94-85 loss in Dallas, connected on 8-of-13 shots.

"I don't think I had hit rock bottom," Rice said. "There is always another opportunity to go out there again and play. You just have to try to stay positive and be supportive of each other. When you have a performance like I had the last game you look to regroup. If you stay aggressive you get the shots. You just have to step up and hit them."

Center Marcus Camby, New York's only starter taller than 6-7, scored 17 points and blocked four shots.

"I thought our defense reflected a lot of heart and toughness," Camby said. "A lot of people thought we were going to come in here and get blown out. We knew we could win and we showed it."

Duncan scored 15 points in the first two periods when the Spurs shot 49 percent (17-of-35) and held a 51-41 lead. San Antonio took its biggest lead of the game with 7:49 left in the third when Anderson hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 burst.

"We were not playing Knick basketball in the first half and we knew that," Sprewell said. "We knew that we had it in us. In the second half we got some good stops and made it tough on them defensively."

After a timeout, the Knicks put together a 12-1 run to trim the deficit to 66-64 on two free throws by Sprewell with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter. Sprewell and Camby each scored four in the spurt.

Chris Childs made two free throws for his only points to give the Knicks their first lead of the game, 74-73, with 9:09 left. Childs committed five fouls in 23 minutes.

Duncan and Johnson traded jumpers before the Spurs took a 77-76 edge on two free throws by Duncan with 7:27 left. Sprewell responded with a 16-footer 21 seconds later to put the Knicks ahead for good and a turnover by Sean Elliott led to Rice's dunk that gave New York an 80-77 advantage with 6:43 remaining.

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